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Better Regulation Practices across the European Union

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Laws and regulations affect the daily lives of businesses and citizens. High-quality laws promote national welfare and growth, while badly designed laws hinder growth, harm the environment and put the health of citizens at risk. This report analyses practices to improve the quality of laws and regulations across all 28 EU Member States and the European Union. It systematically assesses the use of evidence and stakeholder participation in the design and review of domestic laws and regulations based on the OECD Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance. It also provides insights into individual Member States’ use of regulatory management tools as they relate to EU laws. The report presents good regulatory practices and highlights areas that should receive further attention and investment.

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Executive summary

Almost a decade after the OECD reviewed the better regulation practices in 15 EU countries, this report presents an up-to-date analysis of the use of core regulatory policy tools across all 28 EU Member States and the European Union. In 2017, both the European Union and EU Member States show a strong overall political commitment to regulatory reform. All EU Member States have adopted regulatory policies promoting government-wide regulatory reform, covering various areas of regulatory governance. Regulatory policy in the European Union progressed under the better regulation agenda, which played a crucial role in shaping the current Commission’s regulatory processes.

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